script.bin

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script.bin is a board-specific binary "configuration file" used by Allwinner-specific drivers in the kernel (and also by the LiveSuit flashing program) with information on how to set-up various devices, ports and I/O pins on boards with Allwinner SoCs.

The corresponding human-readable file format is FEX, it is possible to convert .bin to .fex and back by using Sunxi-tools.

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Build script.bin

Sticky-note-pin.png Note: This is only needed for running the legacy ("sunxi") Linux kernel, or kernels provided by the board vendor or Allwinner. For running an upstream (or "mainline") kernel, you should use the included device tree files.

See also: How to modify script.bin

Get bin2fex utility

Bin2fex is part of our sunxi-tools repository. You can get it by following our sunxi-tools build howto.

Get sunxi-boards repository

git clone git://github.com/linux-sunxi/sunxi-boards.git

Identify your fex file from your device page

The .fex file should be clearly listed on your device page under the Manual Build section.

Edit .fex file (optional)

This step is usually not necessary.

The .fex file uses the windows standard .ini format. The entries are described in our FEX guide.

Add Ethernet MAC address

To give your device a persistent MAC address, you need to add the MAC directive to the dynamic section, like such:

[dynamic]
MAC = "0123456789AB"

If no dynamic section exists, just add it to the end of the .fex file

Build script.bin

/home/user/dir/sunxi-tools/fex2bin <your_device>.fex script.bin

Install script.bin

TODO

Configure U-Boot to load script.bin

TODO

Modern script.bin usage

On more recent BSPs (like for H6), script.bin is folded into devicetree in some weird way. Sunxi-tools has no tool yet to extract this information, as this still needs to be written up. This currently limits/prohibits extracting of script.bin on many modern Allwinner devices.

There seems to be a decent amount of information available in the Allwinner BSP, which, amazingly, uses part of our sunxi-tools code, enough for an enterprising individual to go add the necessary tooling to sunxi-tools.

The key here seems to be a bash script called pack, which references a special version of the linux dtc compiler (in do_ini_to_dts()) which includes the extra code to parse fex.

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